Radar: Intimate Apparel, Reach for the Bronze, Elvis Mondays, No Such Thing, ALTDot Comedy Lounge
THEATRE | Intimate Apparel
Set in New York in 1905, Intimate Apparel is a story of love, race, and class struggle. It tells the story of Esther, a talented black seamstress who makes a living sewing undergarments for high society women and prostitutes. Independent and strong-willed, she struggles against racism and patriarchy and strives to open her own boutique. This is the newest production from the Obsidian Theatre Company, which strives to give voice to the black experience by producing works by established and emerging black artists. The opening of Intimate Apparel coincides with Obsidian's celebration of its tenth anniversary as one of Canada's most vital theatre companies later this week. Runs til March 6.
Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., $20 - $64, Monday to Saturday 8 pm, Wednesday 1:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm
COMEDY | Reach for the Bronze
Brace yourself. With only four days until the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies we're in for the biggest flag-waving, beaver-loving, maple syrup-guzzling, pro-Canada lovefest since good ole John A. got the Liberals liquored up and tricked them into signing the papers for Confederation. While there's nothing wrong a little patriotism every once and a while, there's also nothing wrong with poking some fun at ourselves. Enter Second City's newest show Reach for the Bronze, the perfect antidote for Olympic fever. Riffing on the foibles of Canadian culture and our peculiar obsession with any sport played on a sheet of ice, the show runs every Monday until March 29 and feature's Second City's Jan Caruana, Jason DeRosse, Carly Heffernan, Rob Norman, Natalie Robitaille, and Kris Siddiqi.
Second City, 51 Mercer St., $12, Mondays 8 pm until March 29
MUSIC | Elvis Monday's with the Danger Bees
At the end of this week there will be one less free weekly concert series in Toronto, with the venerable Wavelength series shutting it down after ten years. That means your best bet for new music at no cost is the Drake's Elvis Mondays, which has been showcasing fresh acts hoping to make their mark on the Toronto scene for over 25 years. Tonight's six act line up includes Dartmouth power-pop outfit the Danger Bees, local duo the Royal So and So's, and Teen Tits Wild Wives, whom you may Google at your own peril.
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., Free, 8 pm
THEATRE | No Such Thing
The members of Blood Orange Theatre are young. Very young. All under the age of 23, the fledgling company's members are all graduates of various Toronto youth theatre programs, and the group scored some success at the 2008 Fringe Festival with a promising but uneven play called Pokeroot and Mistletoe. Tonight and Wednesday Blood Orange stages its latest production, a new piece by Joshua Korngut called No Such Thing. The play follows two insecure teenagers on a dangerous journey through a rabbit hole accompanied by a mouse man and a talking radio. Blood Orange look like a group to watch so hopefully this production will mark a positive stage in their development.
Bread and Circus, 299 Augusta Ave., $10, 8 pm Monday and Wednesday
COMEDY | ALTDot Comedy Lounge with Bryan Hatt
Get your Monday night laugh fix with the Rivoli's ALTDot Comedy Lounge, Toronto's favourite alternative comedy showcase. Tonight's edition of the weekly PWYC event is hosted by cocky comic and local favourite Bryan Hatt. Hatt will be joined by a slew of funnymen and women who will, as always, endeavour to provide something a little unexpected, including newbie Danny Freedman, part-time Sketcherson's member Laura Cilevitz, writer for the Rick Mercer Report Tim Steeves, and award-winning stand-up Julia "More Than Just a Pretty Face" Hladkowicz.
Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., PWYC, 8:30 pm
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